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By Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - China dismissed a U.N. report alleging North Korea has committed crimes against humanity, effectively confirming the fears of human rights advocates that Beijing will shield its ally Pyongyang from international prosecution. The report, published in February, accused the reclusive country of mass killings and torture comparable to Nazi-era atrocities and said officials, possibly even Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un himself, should face the International Criminal Court (ICC). Chen Chuandong, a counselor at China's mission in Geneva, told the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday that the independent commission of inquiry had made unfounded accusations and made recommendations that were "divorced from reality".
Britain's finance ministry is set to name a new Bank of England deputy governor for monetary policy to replace Charlie Bean on Tuesday, a source familiar with the appointments process said. BoE Governor Mark Carney is due to give a speech at 1805 GMT on Tuesday announcing wide-ranging changes to the Bank's organisation, including details of a separate new post of deputy governor responsible for markets and banking. "The Treasury is likely to announce the new deputy governor for monetary policy before Mr Carney's speech," the source said.